Dr Arthur Kanev – Helping the Homeless

Giving back to others is one of the most important things you can do as a person. Our own expert has been a volunteer at the Saint Laurence Chapel Homeless Shelter, and a volunteer at the Broward County Outreach Center, where homeless people receive help and hope in a non-judgmental environment. Four percent were part of a homeless family, and two percent were unaccompanied minors. They say that a much better indicator of the size of the problem is the number of people who experience homelessness at one time or another.

Dr Arthur Kanev

Dr Arthur Kanev

Most studies of the homeless population are limited to counting how many people are staying in homeless shelters, or can be counted as they live on the streets, according to the Coalition. Putting a number to how many people are homeless in the United States is a difficult proposition. On a survey of twenty-three cities, conducted by the U.S. The very nature of being without a fixed address makes an accurate headcount all but impossible, and experts say that the very question of how many people are homeless is a misleading one.

Experts at the National Coalition for the Homeless say that in most cases, homelessness is a temporary condition, not a permanent one, and so the numbers constantly fluctuate. People are often turned away from shelters because they fill up so quickly.  Of those who were in emergency shelters, seventy percent were single adults and twenty-nine percent were part of a family, while one percent were unaccompanied minors. In spite of what any statistics say, there is no denying that homelessness is a serious social problem, not just in the United States but all over the world. In any case, there are figures that are generally accepted. Conference of Mayors, ninety-four percent of people living on the street were single adults.

Dr Arthur Kanev is a retired dentist who devotes much of his time to missionary work in Florida, where he also makes his home.